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An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.

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Empire Mine

Things to See and Do in Grass Valley

1Time Travel

EMPIRE MINE

STANDING IN THE MINE YARD of

Empire Mine State Historic Park,

you can almost hear the stamp

mills that crushed the ore night and day.

The sound was so loud it was heard

throughout the town.

Located five minutes from downtown

Grass Valley, off Hwy. 174 (take East

Empire Street), Empire Mine was one of

the oldest and richest hardrock gold

mines in California.

In operation from 1850 to 1956, it produced

billions of dollars in gold by today’s

standards. It began to really prosper in

1869 with changes in ownership, and by

the time it closed in 1956, the yield was

about six billion troy ounces of gold.

Cornish Miners

Success was due in no small part to

Cornish tin and copper miners who began

arriving from Cornwall, England in the

mid-1850s and contributed the Cornish

pump to the mine operations. It was

essential to pump water out of the deep

mine shafts. When it closed, most of the

Empire’s miners were Cornishmen.

Empire Mine Today

Visitors will find restored buildings,

exhibits, an illuminated mine

shaft and blacksmith shop.

You might also want to attend

a special event like the

Holiday Open House,

Springtime at the Mine

or the Miners Picnic which has been

held for over 125 years. There are

also lush landscaped areas, heritage

rose garden and Cotswold-style

cottage built for the owners.

Open daily

10:00 am–4:00 pm

(subject to change).

Closed Thanksgiving,

Christmas and

New Year’s Day.

(530) 273-8522;

empiremine.org

MORE ON MUSEUMS

SEE PAGE 118

LARRY MILLER

Enjoy!

Downtown Murals

A Cornish Pasty

(Miner’s Lunch)

Historic Buildings

& Homes

Museums

WAYDE CARROLL

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